What inspires you to write?
Anything can inspire me. A random person on the street, someone’s backpack color, a song lyric, a sound. It doesn’t take much for ideas to form in my head during the day as my brain is always high functioning. In the end process, I choose the ideas that stand out the most and put them together for my story.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I’ve always been into Young Adult books, movies and TV shows. I feel like they can be relatable and also offer advice and knowledge to people at that age. I want my books to have that effect on young people who read them. I want them to either relate or learn something from my writing that makes them reflect a little, which is why I’m big on creating realistic scenarios.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer and how does that affect your writing?
Sadly I’m a part-time writer as I attend classes during the day, and promote online in the afternoon. But any little time that I do find to write, I make sure to make it count. I have so many outlined drafts for new story ideas and honestly can’t wait for the day when I can go full-time and tackle all of those ideas to put out more books.
Do you work to an outline or plot sketch, or do you prefer to let a general idea guide your writing?
I work best when I make full outlines, including the plot, character descriptions, timelines, etc. I need lots of details and research done before I feel confident enough to start a new story.
How do you feel about indie/alternative vs. traditional publishing?
I think either can be beneficial for different people depending on what you’re looking for. Being self-published personally, I like that I get to retain my rights while earning higher royalties (if the book is selling well obviously). But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t consider traditional publishing for a future book, as I believe that it definitely will boost your work’s publicity.
How do you market or promote your books and what strategies (e.g. social media, email, blog tours, etc.) have demonstrated the most success for you?
I’m still fairly new to marketing, but I regularly use Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads and YouTube to promote. I’ve joined books clubs and reached out to numerous people through email. I’ve received more engagement this way – people reaching out to me regularly through email about my work.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Always be the first and last to believe in your work, even in doubt. And don’t hesitate to reach out to as many people as you can on multiple platforms as marketing will be your closest friend.
Can you share with readers a little bit about your latest book?
My latest book, which I released on April 5th, follows a 19-year-old girl dealing with a dilemma when she is offered a money opportunity that could benefit her struggling family, but at the same time risk their relationship and tear them apart.
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?
I like novels by Eric Jerome Dickey. He includes a lot of dialogue in his books which is something that I really found a liking to as it makes you feel as though you’re part of a real conversation. With my latest work I try to emphasize on the dialogue and making it natural as it’s one of my favourite parts of writing.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?
Not every person will like your book, but that is why finding the right readership is important. It’s really hard for every single person on this earth to hate one particular book as everyone has their taste in certain genres.